8 December 2012
BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific
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Text of report by Hong Kong Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
According to a 6 December report in the Hong Kong Information Centre for Human Rights & Democracy, a Hong Kong-based fax service which reports on dissidence, two Chinese travel agencies in Dandong have received a notice that Chinese tourists are forbidden to enter the Democratic People's Republic of Korea [DPRK], including the Sinuiju special zone, between 15 and 20 December 2012. A staff member of the Dandong Golden Route International Travel Agency conjectures that the new ban is related to Pyongyang's planned satellite launch. In a separate development, two early warning aircraft have been deployed at the Siping airport in Jilin Province. The report claims that a "KJ-2000" early warning aircraft and a Y-8 "Balance Beam" aircraft will patrol the border areas between China and the DPRK and keep a close watch on Pyongyang's satellite launch.
Source: Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Hong Kong, in Chinese 06 Dec 12